Veterinarian’s boyfriend accused in murder-for-hire plot wants out of jail for funeral

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A Houston judge on Tuesday denied the request of the boyfriend of a Montrose veterinarian who apparently killed herself Monday to get out of jail to go the funeral, his attorney said.

Leon P. Jacob, 39, was arrested with Valerie Busick McDaniel, 48, earlier this month on a charge of solicitation of capital murder. The couple were accused of trying to hire a hitman to kill their exes, but the supposed hitman was an undercover officer with Houston Police Department’s major offenders division.


McDaniel died Monday after apparently jumping from the balcony of her seventh-floor River Oaks condo.

FATAL ENDING: Vet charged in murder-for-hire plot dies by suicide

State District Judge Jim Wallace denied a request from Jacob to leave jail for the funeral, said attorney George Parnham.

“He’s devastated,” Parnham said of Jacob’s mindset after the brief hearing.

Prosecutor Nathan Moss said the case against McDaniel would be dismissed when the office receives an official death certificate.

Jacob, who did not appear in court, is scheduled to appear Wednesday to ask for a bond. He is currently being held without bail in the Harris County Jail.

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